Motive

Motive

To understand the white supremacist movement today, look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans.... Show More

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October 23, 2020 36 min

Clark Martell was at the vanguard of reviving the white supremacist movement. Then, he disappeared. His trail reveals how sex, money, and blood have kept the movement alive.

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October 16, 2020 37 min

Atomwaffen was the most extreme white supremacist group, pushing for societal collapse. Today, their ideas are on the streets.

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October 9, 2020 43 min

How did President Trump, the border wall, and the 2017 Charlottesville rally play into the education of a white supremacist?

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October 2, 2020 35 min

Christian Picciolini grew a violent hate movement for eight years. After he left, it continued to grow. What's his role in fixing the harm?

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September 25, 2020 39 min

Daytime TV discovered neo-Nazi skinheads and it was a ratings bonanza. But it also helped to grow the hate movement across America.

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September 18, 2020 36 min

The Chicago Area Skinheads are, by some accounts, the first racist skinhead crew to organize in the U.S. What drew in those young recruits? And how one brutal event brought them down.

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September 11, 2020 34 min

It was the ‘80s. Reagan was president. And for angsty, angry teens, the punk scene provided family and expression. Until the Nazis showed up and ruined everything.

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September 4, 2020 35 min

A shy kid from Chicago shaves his head and prepares for an inevitable race war. In the early 1980s, it looked like organized white supremacy was declining in the U.S. But a generation of racist skinheads breathed new life into the movement.

Season 3 of Motive examines the origins of the youth white supremacist movement in America. Episodes are released every Friday. 

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August 21, 2020 1 min

To understand the white supremacist movement today, look at the last time a wave of hate pulled in young Americans. A preview of WBEZ’s new season of Motive, coming September 4, 2020.

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March 27, 2020 28 min

“Nobody talks about ‘the after,’” one woman said about sexual assault. “The during is terrible, but it’s the after, that’s the hard part.”

On the final episode of Motive, the “remembering it for the rest of your life” part of the story.

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March 20, 2020 33 min

The verdict in a 2016 gang rape case known as La Manada, or “The Wolfpack,” ignited mass protests across Spain. It kicked off Spain’s #MeToo movement and prompted a call for change to the country’s sexual assault laws.

On today’s episode, the case and the fierce debate that followed.

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March 13, 2020 35 min

A Spanish prosecutor opened a criminal investigation in the spring of 2018. Almost two years have passed. We go to Spain to see what’s happening.

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March 6, 2020 2 min

The powerful investigative work of the Motive podcast is directly supported by WBEZ members.

Your donation today is critical to the future of Motive — and all of the investigative reporting that comes from WBEZ.

Plus, when you donate, you’ll be invited to join us for a virtual Q&A after this season wraps. Submit your questions in advance and then join us live to get a behind the scenes look at Season 2 — along with updates on any...

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February 28, 2020 35 min

While studying abroad in Spain, Hayley McAleese and Carly Van Ostenbridge reported to both the police and their school that they had been sexually assaulted. It didn’t go as expected.

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February 21, 2020 27 min

Most of the women in this story did not go to the police. And while some told a friend, family member or therapist what happened, most say they tried to bury it and move on. 

Why? And what made these women decide to finally break their silence?

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February 14, 2020 28 min

“If you’re robbed while you’re drunk everyone still understands that’s a robbery,” says a former prosecutor. “Or if you’re beaten up while you’re drunk, everyone still understands that’s an assault.”

In today’s episode, we look at the double-standard often applied in cases of sexual assault.

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February 7, 2020 32 min

Gabrielle Vega alleges her tour guide raped her in 2013. Nearly five years later, she learns she’s not the only one and decides to do something about it.

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February 7, 2020 34 min

A college student dies on her 21st birthday in Spain. Authorities rule her death an accident. Years later, questions arise after a TV segment airs about someone she was with that night.

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January 24, 2020 2 min

A story of years of silence, how it was broken, and the young women who are finally coming forward to seek justice. A preview of WBEZ’s new season of Motive, coming soon.

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November 22, 2019 31 min

The big question is ... why?

For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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